Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda…

It’s the eve of my first craft show of the season, and, as always, I am doing the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” mantra in my head. 

I always have some nerves before a show.   “Will anyone like my wares? Will I sell enough to cover the booth fee?  Will I have enough inventory?  Do I have enough of what people will want to buy?  Should I have listened to my mother and had a lot more plain colored bags in neutrals and fewer patterns?  I wish I didn’t take that nap yesterday, I might have gotten another bag sewn!”  Oh, it goes on and on. 

You never really know from year to year what is going to catch someone’s attention, and make them want to buy from you at a craft fair.  Also, being so close, yet far enough away from the holidays, people are not often thinking of what they are going to buy to give as gifts this season. 

That’s what makes it so exciting!  I pick fabrics and patterns that make me happy.  Sometimes it’s a big hit and sometimes things sit around for a while.  Sometimes it’s a floral print, sometimes a novelty print, and sometimes a plain or classic pattern.  I do try to create a bit of everything so my things will appeal to everyone.

Did I do a good job for this first show?  I’ll let you know!  The good news is, I have three weeks to prepare for the next grouping of shows, and I’m already planning which fabrics to use for my next set of bags!

And this time, no napping when I need to be sewing! 😉



About bagsbystacey

I have wanted to make bags and purses since before my daughter was born. 10 years, and 2 kids later, I finally made myself a simple, but really fun bag. People who saw it loved it, and with the encouragement of my family and friends, Bags by Stacey was established. Now that I have a small following, I am looking for more ways to promote my business, and I thought blogging might be a good way to connect with my followers and keep them up to date on what is going on with my purses! My goal for Bags by Stacey is simple. Provide handcrafted bags that are both unique and fun! For Bags by Stacey: Inside the Bag, I just want to connect with people who love bags as much as I do! xo- Stacey
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